Texas Medical Home

Family Medicine Physicians located in Richardson, TX

Because a colonoscopy is still considered the “gold standard” for detecting bowel cancer and other chronic conditions, it’s important to get the test if you have certain risk factors. Modern colonoscopy procedures are quick and virtually painless, so you have nothing to worry about. Schedule your assessment with leading preventive care expert Antoine Albert, MD, and his team at Texas Medical Home in Richardson, Texas, by calling the clinic or booking online.

Colonoscopy Q & A

Why do I need a colonoscopy?

A colonoscopy is the best and most effective way to get a clear glimpse of your bowel health. You might need a colonoscopy if you:

  • Are over age 50
  • Have a family history of colon cancer
  • Are experiencing digestive distress
  • Have unexplained bowel pain
  • Notice blood in your stool

While entirely safe, a colonoscopy is still somewhat invasive. It’s usually only requested if you have particular risk factors or if other, less-invasive types of imaging — like CT scans — aren’t effective.

What does a colonoscopy show?

A colonoscopy involves sending a small camera via a narrow tube into your intestinal tract through your colon. The lighted camera shows clear, real-time images of your bowel. So if Dr. Albert needs to get a closer glimpse of something or take a biopsy sample, he can do so on the spot.

A colonoscopy can show if you have:

  • Polyps
  • Ulcers
  • Cancer
  • Diverticulitis
  • Rectal bleeding

Having a colonoscopy might also be essential if you have a history of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A colonoscopy can detect permanent damage caused by IBS, so Dr. Albert can help you better manage your diet and decrease symptoms.

How do I prepare for a colonoscopy?

Most patients report that preparing for a colonoscopy is much more uncomfortable than the procedure itself. Apart from clear liquids and medications to clear your bowels, you can't consume anything for up to 24 hours before your test. This can disrupt your day-to-day routine since you’re going to spend more time than usual in the bathroom, so you should plan accordingly.

While you’re awake during a colonoscopy, you’re given medication to help you relax — some patients even fall asleep. Though a colonoscopy isn’t painful, you may experience slight cramping or tension when the doctor first inserts the camera.

Following the procedure, you must wait in the recovery room for about half an hour to ensure the medication doesn’t cause any adverse effects. You can go home immediately afterwards and gradually get back into your regular routine and eating habits.

If you’re at risk of developing colon cancer or have chronic bowel conditions, book an appointment at Texas Medical Home to find out if you’re a candidate for a colonoscopy. Schedule either over the phone or online.